* CNet Shopper - http://shopper.cnet.com/

The reliable CNet Web site offers a powerful search-and-compare feature that allows browsers to sift through thousands of products, from home entertainment systems to specific memory and storage products for computers. CNet provides in-depth professional and user reviews, broken down into categories such as performance, service and support.

* Consumer WebWatch - http://consumerwebwatch.org/

Consumer WebWatch, a project of Consumers Union - the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine - says that its aim is to "investigate, inform and improve the quality of information published on the World Wide Web." In addition to a list of sites that meet its guidelines, the watchdog group's site includes e-commerce ethics guidelines, research, and links to organizations, agencies and professional groups related to consumer protection, privacy and other related Web issues.

* Google Short Message Service - www.google.com/sms/

Need information, but don't have Internet access nearby? Google SMS lets you search for certain kinds of information - such as phone book listings, word definitions, zip codes and product prices - from a mobile phone or handheld device (such as a BlackBerry), and returns search results as text messages, with no Web browser needed. Google doesn't charge users to send a query or receive results, but any fees your wireless provider charges for sending and receiving text messages will apply.

* SpywareInfo - www.spywareinfo.com/

Articles, information and links to software aimed at stopping privacy-invading spyware and adware programs from taking over your computer.

* Tech Support Guy - www.techguy.org/

A free, volunteer-run forum for posting and answering tech support questions related to software, hardware, operating systems, the Internet and networking.

* Wi-FiHotSpotList.com - www.wi-fihotspotlist.com/

Find WiFi HotSpots around the world. Locate hotspots by address, city or country, or submit a hotpsot to be added to the list.

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